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Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

Highlights
  • Moderate-level hiking shore excursion along the Chilkoot Trail from Skagway
  • Active trek through a temperate rain forest, learning about wildlife and vegetation from a knowledgeable guide
  • Hop aboard a rubber raft and float downstream through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
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Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour
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Overview
When your ship docks in Skagway, discover the Chilkoot Trail by foot and water on this half-day hike and float tour. After a scenic van ride, embark on a moderate-level, 2-mile (3.2-km) trek with a knowledgeable guide. Then, you’ll climb aboard a rubber raft for a tranquil float down Taiya River. Have a blast retracing the footsteps of stampeding prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Don’t miss this family-friendly active adventure, one of Skagway’s most affordable hiking and rafting tours.
What to Expect

After port pickup in Skagway, your approx. 4-hour shore excursion starts with a pleasant 10-mile (16-km) van ride along the coastline to Chilkoot Trail. Upon arrival at the trailhead, follow your knowledgeable guide into a temperate rainforest. Your active moderate-level hike covers 2 miles (3.2 km) and begins on steep, uneven ground that ascends in elevation about 300 feet (92 meters), before proceeding downhill and then on level terrain for the last mile.

Along the way, look for local wildlife and plants, and hear engaging tales about Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. The Chilkoot Trail provided the most direct route between the Skagway/Dyea area and the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon. During your hike, you’ll be retracing part of the same path that prospectors of long-ago took to get around Skagway's White Pass Trail and arrive at the Yukon River.

Then, climb aboard a rubber raft seating maximum 11 passengers and drift along the Taiya River, which flows parallel to the Chilkoot Trail. Your river float takes you through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Keep your eyes peeled and listen for possible wildlife, including otters, eagles, bears and salmon. (Note: Wildlife sightings though possible are not guaranteed)

Wrap up your rafting journey with a riverbank snack.

Your Chilkoot tour ends with transport back to Skagway's cruise terminal.

Reviews (189)
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Experience the Nature Side of Alaska

What a way to experience Alaska up close and personal! We were excited to hike with an experienced guide into and through the local Skagway woods and then to float down the Tiaya River. Sam, our guide, picked us up and drove us to where...More

Thank Joan W
Reviewed 1 week ago
Hike and Float Tour

There were 4 of us, while 2 of us (me and my wife) both in our mid 50s, opting for the regular hike, while the other two (early 70s and late 60s) opting for the easy and flat hike. We weren't quite sure what we...More

Thank NJTH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Super Excursion

Our guide Sam was great! The biking was smooth and easy, the hiking was somewhat strenuous, the rafting was fun. Sam was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. A great tour for the value.

Thank carsoncavalier246
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic trip with Alyssa

This shore excursion was absolutely amazing and Alyssa was the best guide ever!!! We were greeted by an extremely pleasant and capable woman named Alyssa and then taken to the Chilkoot trail. We were provided hiking sticks and were expertly guided for an approximately 1.5...More

Thank cjkines1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent trip!

My wife and I did the Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour while in Skagway in a cruise. We would highly recommend this tour! Our guide Bob was very knowledgeable about the area, the terrain, and the local wild flora and fauna. We very much...More

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samjam2013
14 July 2018|
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Response from amylawson2018 | Reviewed this property |
There are a few places where you have to scramble up and down some rocks - if you are fit and able, you should be able to handle it. I highly recommend making use of the walking poles they have for your use. Our guide was... More
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4 hours, was back around 12:00 pm on the 8:00 am tour
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